VOLUNTEERS

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

Event Overview

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend will take you through four Walt Disney World® theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World® SPEEDWAY. From the Magic Kingdom® Park, home of Mickey, Minnie and the whole Disney gang and the wild adventure of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park, to the show biz excitement of Disney's Hollywood Studios, and incredible Epcot®, your Marathon adventure is unlike any other anywhere on earth.


Please click HERE for Information to help you have a great Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend volunteer experience. Information includes general event overviews as well as specific information for volunteer check in and guidelines.



Designated Charity

The Walt Disney World® Marathon and Half Marathon Weekend benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancers. With the yearly support of thousands of volunteers, the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend has helped Team In Training® (TNT) raise millions of dollars for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. TNT, the world's largest endurance sports training program, supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by raising funds to aid the organization's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend is its largest fund-raising event. Over $11 million was raised during the 2009 race alone. To learn more, visit www.leukemia.org.



Volunteer Needs

Needs

Sports Enthusiast volunteers are needed on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for various roles throughout the weekend which features six different events: :

  • runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
    Wednesday, January 7 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • runDisney Kids Races
    Thursday, January 8 - Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Walt Disney World 5K
    Thursday, January 8, 2015
  • Walt Disney World® 10K
    Friday, January 9, 2015
  • Walt Disney World® Half Marathon
    Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Walt Disney World® Marathon
    Sunday, January 11, 2015

Medical Volunteer Needs

Florida Hospital Celebration Health will be providing complete medical coverage for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.  We invite you to be a part of the elite medical team that will provide race support for 75,000+ runners.  We need volunteers that are state certified/licensed MDs, DOs, PAs, DPMs, ARNPs, RNs, ATCs, PTs, PMs and EMTs to volunteer their time.  Hours vary by day/assignment. You should be available as early as 3:00 AM and as late as 2:00 PM. You must also be able to stay for the duration of your assigned schedule.   To request an application or for more information, please call our Medical Volunteer Hotline at 407-303-4053.



Eligibility

The Sports Enthusiast Program does have minimum age requirements to participate as a volunteer. Volunteers for all events must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have parental/legal guardian consent and must present a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Remember that children under the minimum age are not allowed to volunteer or accompany you. You will be told on the event day that your services cannot be utilized if you have children with you. This is for the safety of your child and everyone else involved.



Registration

Volunteer registration is now open!



Volunteer Resources

Waivers


Note that there are separate waivers for adults and minors. Anyone age 18 or older must complete an adult waiver. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a waiver for a minor. To print a copy of the 2015 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend waivers please click on the appropriate link below:



Volunteer Dress Code

All Sports Enthusiast Volunteers are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the family friendly Disney style, providing for appropriate covering of body parts and no offensive graphics. For scheduled shifts which take place during the Expo or Kids Races, please wear comfortable, neutral colored, appropriate length shorts or pants (khakis preferred, no jeans please) and comfortable closed toe shoes. For scheduled shifts which take place at the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Marathon races, please wear comfortable closed toe shoes.


Security Guidelines

In an effort to provide athletes, spectators, volunteers, and staff with the safest environment, listed below are security guidelines.  Thank you for taking time to review and understand all initiatives.  Additional guidelines may be instituted at any time and your flexibility is appreciated.  

  • All volunteers will be required to present photo identification upon checking in for their shifts in order to volunteer.
  • Volunteers must wear the proper credentials and have his/her photo identification available at all times.
  • All bags, parcels, and carry packs are subject to search.
  • Please keep personal items to a minimum and leave valuables at home.  Facilities are not available to store personal items.
  • All necessary personal items must be carried in a clear bag. You may not place a non-clear bag, parcel or carry pack inside a clear bag.
  • All volunteers must go through the bag check route, with or without bags.
  • NO FOLDING CHAIRS. Volunteers are not allowed to bring folding chairs with them.


Scheduling

Schedules

Sports Enthusiast shifts will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Schedules are always subject to change due to event needs. Although every effort will be made to accommodate your selection, the scheduling office reserves the right to schedule volunteers based on event needs, which includes placing volunteers on a waiting list. You will receive a confirmed volunteer schedule closer to the event.

Confirmations

Sports Enthusiasts will receive confirmation of the shifts for which they have been scheduled.  Confirmations will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to the event or emailed after that time. Confirmation will include further information on parking, directions, and other useful information.


Credential Pick Up

Sports Enthusiast who are scheduled at the Marathon or Half Marathon event MUST pick up their Volunteer Credentials at ESPN Wide World of Sports® Complex on one of the scheduled days listed below or at the Disney Sports Building, 3281 Sherberth Rd, Kissimmee, during the Early Bird Pick Up dates.  All volunteers must sign a waiver to obtain your credentials and participate. If you are picking up a credential for another volunteer, please print the waiver and have it signed in advance by the participant. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Early Bird Credential Pick up (Disney Sports Building, 3281 Sherberth Rd, Kissimmee)


  • Sunday, December 28, 2014         12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, December 29, 2014        4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 4, 2015              12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Volunteer Credential Pick Up (ESPN Wide World of Sports)


  • Wednesday, January 7, 2015             10:00 AM  – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, January 8, 2015                   9:00 AM  – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, January 9, 2015                        9:00 AM  – 7:00 PM  
  • Saturday, January 10, 2015                10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

*Hours subject to change



Appreciation

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, and Walt Disney World® 10K Appreciation


As a Sports Enthusiast for the 2015 runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, and Walt Disney World® 10K, you will receive one commemorative piece of apparel for the event (apparel sizes are not guaranteed), and one snack per shift (snacks are typically provided at the start of your shift.  If you have special dietary needs, please plan accordingly.) Volunteer for any of the events included in the Annual Sports Enthusiasts Calendar, and you will receive one point for each hour of service completed.  For every sixteen (16) points accumulated, you will receive a complimentary Walt Disney World® One Day One Park theme park ticket which entitles you to one visit to any of the following Walt Disney World® Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Theme park tickets will be distributed by mail within sixty days upon earning of every sixteen points. 



Walt Disney World® Half Marathon and Walt Disney World® Marathon Appreciation


As a Sports Enthusiast for the 2015 Walt Disney World® Half Marathon and Walt Disney World® Marathon, you will receive one commemorative piece of apparel for the event (apparel sizes are not guaranteed), and one snack per shift (snacks are typically provided at the start of your shift.  If you have special dietary needs, please plan accordingly.) Upon the completion of your shift, you will receive a Walt Disney World® Resort 1 Day (1 Theme Park) ticket that entitles you to one (1) day of admission to your choice of one of the following theme parks: Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.


Contact Us

Questions?  Call the Sports Enthusiast Info Line at 407-938-3880 or email wdw.sports.enthusiast@disneysports.com.